By Barbara Buckley
Executive Director, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Righting Wrongs, Changing Lives.
Have you ever wondered how you would face such difficult legal challenges as bankruptcy, eviction, divorce, child custody, or fraud concerning a car loan, payday loan, or a guardianship? Or perhaps you know someone who is in need of trustworthy legal advice.
The first place to start when facing a legal problem is to know your rights. That is where Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada can help. We are a non-profit law firm that provides professional legal advice to residents of the Las Vegas Valley who cannot afford an attorney.
Legal Aid Center offers free legal representation for eligible individuals, plus a wide range of free classes and services to help anyone in need, including seniors, veterans, adults with disabilities, children with special education needs, and victims of consumer fraud, domestic violence, and/or child abuse or neglect.
We also offer free legal educational classes in English and Spanish on a wide range of topics, as well as free Ask-A-Lawyer Clinics, where you get 15 minutes of free one-on-one advice with an attorney who has expertise in your area of need. Our free classes and Ask-A-Lawyer Clinics have no income restrictions and include such topics as veterans rights, foreclosure, small claims court, immigration, landlord/tenant disputes, and much more.
Legal Aid Center also operates the Family Law Self-Help Center and the Civil Law Self-Help Center. Our friendly staff at these two self-help centers are not able to give direct legal advice, but they will provide you with valuable information to help you navigate the legal process yourself. Along with helpful tips, they will also provide you with the correct forms that you will need; assistance in filling them out; as well as referrals to other free community resources.
Please visit LACSN.org to learn more about the wide range of services that we offer, to access our calendar of free community classes, and to register for Ask-A-Lawyer appointments. You can also call us at 702.386.1070, or visit us at 725 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104. Walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for major holidays.
No matter what your legal challenge is, Legal Aid Center’s Ask-A-Lawyer attorneys can help you understand your rights.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for a consultation with them:
• Bring copies of all related documents.
• Provide a clear timeline and explanation of what happened to you with as much supporting material as possible.
• Keep in mind that it may not be possible to resolve your legal problem after an initial consultation, but we will guide you through the next steps to take.
Check out this class:
Ask-A-Lawyer: Business Legal Entities
How to structure and manage your business.
Thu., Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. West Charleston Library